Filatov sits again; will he ever get in again?

Senators GM Bryan Murray’s going to have some stickhandling to do on the Nikita Filatov issue, too
Filatov sat again against the Capitals for the third straight night in favour of Bobby Butler, who hadn’t had a point or even a shot in his previous two games but is said to be working hard.
It doesn’t even seem to be worth the time anymore to ask when Filatov might get back in, because it appears as if MacLean and Murray have already made up their minds about the 21-year-old left wing. The only question left appears to be whether to send him back to Binghamton or let him return to Russia and the KHL.
It wouldn’t be surprising, however, to see the Senators send him to the minors and make him spend the rest of the season there.
There’s not a lot of sympathy for a player who holds a gun to the team’s head by saying he’s unhappy in the minors and wants to return to Russia.
In any event, the question will have to be answered in the next few weeks, probably before Christmas, because Peter Regin is getting ready to return.
He said on Wednesday that his shoulder is feeling fine and that he’s hoping for a return before Christmas, though no date has been discussed.
But when he returns, it will almost certainly be to a spot on the top two lines – perhaps with Jason Spezza and Colin Greening – meaning that Butler or someone else (Zenon Konopka?) is going to find himself bumped.

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